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Royal Bank of Scotland

 

Engraving from Modern Athens - published 1829

The Royal Bank  -  Dundas House, 36 St Andrew Square

Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  Royal Bank of Scotland in St Andrew Square

  Copyright: For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk
Drawn by Thomas H Shepherd      Engraved by W Watkins

 

 

Edinburgh New Town

Dundas House was one of the first buildings in Edinburgh New Town.

In 1752, Edinburgh Town Council held a competition for the design of a New Town, to be built to relieve the overcrowding  in the Old Town.  The competition was won by the architect James Craig, with a plan for a symmetrical lay-out with two squares - Charlotte Square and St Andrew Square.

Work began on the North Bridge, to connect the Old Town to the New Town in 1763. 

 

Dundas House

In 1772, nine years after work on the North Bridge began,  Sir Laurence Dundas of Kerse, for many years Member of Parliament for Edinburgh, started to build Dundas House on the east side of St Andrew Square. 

The house was designed by William Chambers and built of Ravelston Stone.  It was modelled on the Palladian villa of Marble Hill in Twickenham.

The house occupies a prominent position on the east side of St Andrew Square, set back from the square behind its own garden.

Following the death of Dundas in 1781, the house was sold to the government and subsequently became the principal office of the Excise in Scotland.  The Excise Office later moved to Drummond Place.

Engraving in Modern Athens  -  Published 1829  -  The Excise Office, Drummond Place

In 1804, a 2-storey extension was added on the south side of the building.

In 1825, Dundas House was purchased by Royal Bank of Scotland, and in 1828 it became the bank's Head Office.  A new banking hall with a large domed ceiling and figures representing Commerce, Agriculture, Navigation and the Arts was added.  This hall opened in 1861 and is still in use today, looking very impressive following refurbishment in 1989.

[The notes above are based on the Royal Bank of Scotland's leaflet:  '36 St Andrew Square - A Short History']

 

 

Engravings from Modern Athens  -  Published 1829

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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